What we know about the alleged Texas high school shooter

first_imgNPR News | Public SafetyWhat we know about the alleged Texas high school shooterMay 20, 2018 by Samantha Raphelson and Brakkton Booker, NPR News Share:Dimitrios Pagourtzis, whom law enforcement officials took into custody on Friday, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault in the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo courtesy Galveston County Sheriff’s Office via AP)Updated at 6:22 p.m. ETThe 17-year-old who is accused of opening fire at a Texas high school on Friday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 13 others, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault.Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held at Galveston County Jail with no bond, according to a tweet by the Santa Fe Independent School District, and has been speaking to investigators. Officials have not released a motive, but some information about the suspect and the attack is emerging.The Pagourtzis family said in a statement on Saturday they are “saddened and dismayed” by the events and offered condolences to the victims. The family said they are cooperating with authorities conducting the investigation.“We are as shocked as anyone else by these events that occurred,” the family said in the statement. “We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy. While we remain mostly in the dark about the specifics of yesterday’s tragedy, what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love.”It appears the shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School was planned. During a Friday press conference, Gov. Greg Abbott said information contained in journals on the suspect’s computer and cellphone suggested that “not only did he want to commit the shooting, but he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting.”Law enforcement can officially confirm that the SFHS suspect has been identified as student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17. He is charged with capital murder & agg assault of a peace officer. He is in the Galveston County jail on no bond. @FBIHouston #HouNews— Santa Fe ISD (@SantaFeISD) May 18, 2018The suspect, however, gave himself up because he “didn’t have the courage” to follow through with taking his own life, Abbott said.While the evidence points to a planned attack, students who knew the suspect provided an inconsistent description of their classmate.Tyler Ray, an 18-year-old senior, played football for the Sante Fe Indians with the suspect, who was a defensive tackle on the junior varsity team. At a vigil for the victims in the center of Santa Fe on Friday night, Ray told NPR’s John Burnett that he would have never suspected his former teammate is capable of a mass shooting — he was just joking with the suspect on a field trip to a Galveston water park on Thursday, the day before the massacre.“One day you think you know this kid, you think you can hang out with him, you can joke with him,” Ray said. “And the next day, he’s shootin’ up the school. You just never know.”But Lauren Severin, a 17-year-old junior wearing a cross around her neck, told Burnett that after having a couple classes with him, her impression of the suspect was very different. She said she thinks he was bullied in school because he was different.“I don’t think he was normal,” she said. “I think he was really strange and quiet. I wasn’t surprised when I heard it was him. … He always wears this weird trench coat and kind of looks like a psychopath.”The weapons used in the attack — a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver — were not “legally possessed” by the suspect but appear to be legally owned by his father, who was not named by authorities. It was unclear whether the father was aware his son had the weapons.On Friday, there were reports of possible explosive devices at the school, at the suspect’s home and in a vehicle, according to officials. All but one of those devices were found to be fake. Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said Saturday that police found carbon dioxide canisters taped together and a pressure cooker with an alarm clock and nails inside at the high school, but the devices weren’t capable of detonating.Students who knew Dimitrios Pagourtzis provided an inconsistent description of their classmate. One said he never would have suspected, while another said, “I wasn’t surprised when I heard it was him.” (Facebook photo via AP)Authorities say the suspect has provided a statement to police while in custody, telling investigators that he didn’t shoot his classmates whom he liked “so he could have his story told,” the AP reports.The governor said there is nothing at this time that would indicate there were missed warning signs, as in the case of Devin Patrick Kelley, who killed 26 at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church in November 2017, or Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with killing 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school in February.“One of the frustrating things in the early status of this case is that unlike Parkland, unlike Sutherland Springs, there weren’t those kinds of warning signs,” Abbott said “Here the red flag warnings were either nonexistent or very imperceptible.”Facebook posts allegedly linked to Pagourtzis show a black T-shirt with the words “Born to Kill” in white block letters written across the front. Authorities say he had no prior confrontations with law enforcement and has no past criminal history.Attorneys Nicholas Poehl and Robert Barfield, who were hired by the suspect’s parents to represent him in court, are urging the public not to rush to judgment.“I think every parent instinctively knows they don’t know everything about their kids, but when you find out something like this today, it’s extremely hard,” Poehl told Houston TV station KTRK. “To those out there watching, try to remember these people are victims too, they didn’t know and they didn’t expect, and they certainly couldn’t have predicted [the shooting]. Prayers to everyone in this whole mess.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

German agency criticizes European program for speeding some drug approvals

first_img In pointed remarks, Germany’s cost-effectiveness watchdog has criticized an effort by European regulators to accelerate approval for new medicines based on limited evidence. And the concerns raised by the agency come as regulators on both side of the Atlantic increasingly look to such approaches to get new drugs to patients with unmet medical needs.At issue is a proposal called adaptive pathways, a term used to describe a method for jumpstarting drug approvals for select patient populations. Two years ago, the European Medicines Agency launched a specific pilot program with plans to compare initial data used for approval with so-called “real world” data, which is subsequently gathered after the medicines are in use.But after the EMA released a final progress report late last month, the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care last week turned around and raised serious concerns about the effort. In short, the German watchdog agency maintained the EMA failed to make its case that this approach for approving drugs can make a demonstrable difference.advertisement About the Author Reprints APStock The Germany agency, however, was having none of it. “In view of the importance of the pilot project for drug development and the potential consequences of the considerable changes in approval procedures for patients,” IQWIG wrote, “concealment of the content and results of the discussions seems unacceptable.”Finally, IQWIG concluded by criticizing the EMA for failing to offer proposals for using real-world trial data after approvals, notably the potential for improved value. “If this is still lacking, then it would be high time to pause for a moment and rethink the whole concept, instead of considering more drugs in the consultations on adaptive pathways, as planned by EMA,” the Germany agency suggested.We asked the EMA for a response to the criticism and will update you accordingly.It is worth noting the EMA did acknowledge in its report that adaptive pathways is not a suitable approach for developing all medicines. The regulator conceded most companies were “not ready to describe real-world data plans” or strategies because they did not yet know whether their product will prove effective. And the EMA also lamented the fact that it received few proposals about value that were thought out.[UPDATE: An EMA spokeswoman later wrote us that “we reject IQWIG’s conclusion about the limitations of real-world data.” The report states that “‘the majority of the plans were vague in terms of the purpose of collection of real-world data..’ This is not a judgement of the usefulness, in general, of collecting real-world data to assess a drug’s performance, only of the post-licensing evidence generation plan submitted by some companies. The purpose of repeat discussions among stakeholders is to refine and clarify real-world data collection plans. In several instances, EMA advised companies on what kind of real-world data and methodologies of analysis would be expected.”She added that “methodological challenges to the use of real-world data are recognized in the report and the pilot was intended to be a learning exercise of what was feasible within the current regulatory framework, not the definition of a new regulatory standard.” A workshop is to be held in December “to further discuss best practice examples and methodological challenges.”] Leave this field empty if you’re human: In particular, the German agency chastised the EMA for pilot programs that were “vague” about collecting real-world data to supplement existing clinical trial results. And the IQWIG, as the agency is called, also complained that there was “insufficient detail” in the proposals submitted by companies to bolster and refine safety and effectiveness information.advertisement Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. IQWIG also complained that the EMA “justifies this information gap” by pointing to a need to keep certain company data confidential. This has been a contentious point between the EMA and drug makers. After protracted debate, the European regulator last March released new rules that attempt to create limits for companies that seek to redact trial data. European ombudsman urges regulator to get tough on redacting study data @Pharmalot Please enter a valid email address. [email protected] Ed Silverman Related: “Neither industry nor EMA has a concept as to how real-world data can be used after drug approval to allow drawing reliable conclusions on benefit and harm,” the agency wrote in a statement. Moreover, “a critical discussion on the quality, potential for bias, and reliability of the data acquired” following regulatory approval “was lacking.” Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. Privacy Policy By Ed Silverman Aug. 15, 2016 Reprints PharmalotGerman agency criticizes European program for speeding some drug approvals Tags drug approvalEuropean Medicines Agencylast_img read more

Lee County man threatens other with hammer over owed money

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS LCSO deputies investigate Words With Friends “romance scam” June 16, 2021 Gateway neighborhood break-ins caught on camera June 3, 2021 LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A man was arrested for assaulting another man at a car repair shop Monday night, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.Domingo Molina is accused of threatening the man with a hammer, telling him he’d smash his skull in, according to investigators. The victim admitted he owes Molina money, and when he said he didn’t have the money, things turned violent.Video surveillance captured the entire encounter, including Molina punching the victim in the face. The victim said Molina told him he would kill him the next time he sees him.Molina has been arrested more than a dozen times in Lee County. This time, he’s facing two charges including aggravated assault and battery. LCSO among law enforcement agencies deploying officers to Texas, Arizona June 16, 2021center_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Lee County deputies arrest five men for Island Vista robbery June 4, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementTags: arrestAssaultLCSO Advertisementlast_img read more

Talk to clients about housing, healthcare in retirement

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Retirement,  Long-term care insurance Share this article and your comments with peers on social media To make sure clients can live as they hope to in retirement, Amalia Costa, head, retirement strategies and successful aging, RBC in Toronto says advisors need to have a serious talk with clients about their preferred living arrangements in retirement about a year before their intended exit from the workforce. Some points Costa suggests clients consider carefully before retirement include: How much do they need to put aside to cover healthcare costs? How do they want to handle a decline in their health? How long will they stay in their own home during retirement? Would they consider downsizing earlier in order to put equity towards a retirement income and future funding of a retirement residence or in-home care. Of those people surveyed who are already retired, 66% said the decision to move out of their home was triggered by a health issue, while 57% moved because they needed less space. Only 36% of retired Canadians said they left their homes to free up equity. When a client decides to move for health reasons adult children often get involved, says Costa, and the process is often a learning process for everyone. In such cases, advisors need to take a quarterback role in the process. “The role advisors can play is one of guidance, providing resources and information,” says Costa, “especially when it comes to the financial considerations and the cost of the different options.” Results for the poll came from 2,159 online interviews of Canadians aged 50 and older with household assets of at least $100,000. Ipsos Reid conducted the survey between February 27 and March 2013. Earnings surge for Great-West Lifeco in Q4 Survey finds Canadians aren’t sure how much they’ll need for retirement Snowbirds win legal battle to reinstate out-of-province medical coverage Related news Fiona Collie With many baby boomers hoping to remain in their current homes during retirement, advisors need to have detailed conversations with clients about how they will fund their later years including potential healthcare costs. Results from Toronto-based Royal Bank of Canada’s 2013 Retirement Myths and Reality Poll show 88% of Canadians who are already retired wish to stay in their current homes rather than live with family members or move into a retirement residence. The vast majority of baby boomers in the workforce (83%) also prefer the idea of continuing to live in their current homes in retirement with the intention of paying for home care as needed. read more

CIBC chief executive Victor Dodig compensation down last year compared with 2018

first_imgCIBC HQ chatdesbalkans/123RF IE staff, with files from Canadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The bank says Dodig earned a salary of $1 million, $4.8 million in share-based awards, $1.2 million in option-based awards, a cash bonus of $1.5 million, $505,000 in pension value and $2,250 in all other compensation last year.The package compared with a salary of $1 million, $5.1 million in share-based awards, nearly $1.3 million in option-based awards, a cash bonus of $2.1 million, $520,000 in pension value and $2,250 in all other compensation in 2018.Top executives at other big banks also saw their compensation decline last year, including Scotia Bank’s Brian Porter, TD’s Bharat Masrani and RBC’s David McKay.CIBC’s management proxy circular said Dodig led CIBC in achieving solid financial results in a challenging operating environment.CIBC earned $5.12 billion or $11.19 per diluted share for its financial year ended Oct. 31, 2019, compared with a profit of $5.28 billion or $11.65 per diluted share in the same period a year earlier.CIBC’s other executive officers made the following in 2019:Kevin Glass, CFO, made $2.9 million, down from $3.2 million in 2018.Harry Culham, group head of capital markets, made $7.3 million, down from $8.2 million in 2018.Michael Capatides, group head of the U.S. region and president and CEO, CIBC Bank USA, made $6.1 million, up from $5.7 million in 2018.Laura Dottori-Attanasio, chief revenue officer, made $3.5 million, down from $3.8 million in 2018.Gender diversityOf CIBC’s 2020 board nominees, six out of 15, or 40%, are women. The circular notes that 27% of executive committee members and 32% of global boarded executives are women.Shareholder proposalsCIBC is facing three shareholder proposals this year, each of which it advises voting against:A request that the bank disclose the equity ratio used by the compensation committee to determine compensation.A request that the bank set a diversity target of more than 40% of women for the composition of its board of directors for the next five years.A request that the bank inform shareholders of the investments it makes in information technology to protect personal information over the next five years.There was also a proposal that was not submitted for a vote asking the bank to inform shareholders of the board’s efforts to address the significantly large abstention votes obtained by one of the directors.CIBC will hold its annual shareholder meeting April 8, 2020. Keywords Proxy voting,  Banking industryCompanies CIBC Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Related news The chief executive of the Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce saw his total compensation last year decline compared with 2018.In a regulatory filing ahead of the bank’s annual meeting, CIBC says Victor Dodig’s total compensation for 2019 was $9 million, down from $10 million in 2018. last_img read more

Review of JCF to be Completed Soon

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, has said a review of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), aimed at improving its effectiveness, will soon be completed.“The Government stands ready to implement the recommendations, which will emanate from that exercise, and the country, in particular, members of the police force, must be prepared for the far-reaching changes that are likely to occur,” he said.Sir Kenneth was delivering the Throne Speech at the State Opening of Parliament, today (March 27), at Gordon House, which marks the beginning of the new fiscal year on April 1.He said crime-fighting strategies would be intensified and the mobility, surveillance and investigative capabilities of the police force strengthened.“This is going to require a modernized, skilled and efficient police force, whose integrity is assured and accountability enforced,” Sir Kenneth said.The Governor General pointed out that the court system would be improved in an effort to deter crime, apprehend the perpetrators and ensure that they are brought to justice.He said the Government would begin the implementation of the recommendations of the Justice Reform Task Force to modernize the court system, improve access and ensure that all citizens, on a timely basis, could seek redress and obtain justice.In the wide ranging address, the Governor-General pointed out that persons who fall below or near the poverty line was of great concern to the government, adding that provisions would be made in the budget to assist such persons.“While we strive for economic growth and increased employment, we will broaden the safety net for the very poor and most vulnerable and provision will be made in the new budget to facilitate this,” Sir Kenneth said. RelatedReview of JCF to be Completed Soon RelatedReview of JCF to be Completed Soon Review of JCF to be Completed Soon UncategorizedMarch 28, 2008center_img Advertisements RelatedReview of JCF to be Completed Soonlast_img read more

Ebony Park Academy Lauded for Addressing Food Security

first_imgEbony Park Academy Lauded for Addressing Food Security UncategorizedJuly 18, 2008 RelatedEbony Park Academy Lauded for Addressing Food Security RelatedEbony Park Academy Lauded for Addressing Food Security FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has commended the Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon for its proactive role in helping to address the issue of food security, which now faces not only Jamaica, but the rest of the world.“Despite all the discussions in the media, the world is facing a crisis as it relates to feeding itself,” he said.The Minister was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the Ebony Park HEART Academy Modified Agriculture Certification Programme, at the institution on July 16.This protected agriculture (green house) training programme has resulted from the combined effort of the Ebony Park HEART Academy, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), USAID’s Jamaica Farmers Access to Regional Markets project (JA FARMS) and Food for the Poor.The Minister said the initiative is an extremely well-timed one, as the agricultural sector in Jamaica is undergoing major transformation, as it seeks to address the deficiencies in the system and increase productivity among farmers.He pointed out that there has been a significant decrease in the production of both traditional and non-traditional crops over the past 10 years, as farmers are getting less, after investing the same or greater effort. According to the Minister, production of yam has fallen by 65 per cent, while Irish potato and cabbage have fallen by 46 and 33 per cent, respectively.Noting that the average farmer is at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, Dr. Tufton said the country now faces a major challenge in terms of how it responds to the situation, not only to improve the lot of the farmer, but also to ensure the wellbeing and welfare of Jamaicans as a whole.The Minister said that the HEART Trust, and in particular, Ebony Park, had taken an important step in the right direction, not only by recognizing the importance of improved technology in agriculture, but also by facilitating a training programme to sensitize the rest of the society. The institution’s effort, he said, “represented the opportunities the Government is seeking to promote and provide some leadership on, and shows their commitment to making agriculture sustainable.”“I am confident that as long as protected agriculture technology is properly implemented with good management, we could witness significant increases in domestic food crops within the next few years,” Dr. Tufton argued.Currently, there are 70 greenhouse operators across the island, with the number set to increase by 40 units within the next year. The 40 additional units are to be established through funding obtained from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). As part of the USAID’s thrust to assist Jamaica to increase its capacity to feed itself, an official training manual was also presented to the Ministry of Agriculture.This manual was designed by the USAID, in partnership with RADA, Ebony Park HEART Academy and the Ministry of Agriculture.The certification programme will equip Jamaicans on how to correctly fabricate greenhouses and how to use protected horticultural and agricultural practices to respond to the evolving needs of the agricultural sector. Trainees will be instructed on plant growing environment, structure and systems, plant nutrition and fertilization, integrated pest management and crop culture.Ebony Park HEART Academy is the top HEART Trust/NTA institution for agricultural training and certification in Jamaica. It occupies some 500 acres of land, most of which are used for agricultural purposes.center_img Advertisements RelatedEbony Park Academy Lauded for Addressing Food Securitylast_img read more

Donations for Haiti Relief

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising that given our limited storage capacity and other resource constraints we can only accept cash donations to assist with relief for Haiti at this time. Cash donations can be deposited at any National Commercial Bank (NCB) branch, account number 212387304.Persons who have other items they wish to donate may do so through the existing Disaster Emergency Non-Government Organisations (NGO) or other agencies such as The Adventist Disaster Relief Agency (ADRA), Food for the Poor and the Salvation Army.The ODPEM will be advised on the completion of the detailed damage assessment and needs analysis at which time the public will be notified of the types of products and assistance they can donate. RelatedDonations for Haiti Relief RelatedDonations for Haiti Relief Advertisementscenter_img Donations for Haiti Relief Office of the Prime MinisterJanuary 14, 2010 RelatedDonations for Haiti Relieflast_img read more

First Innovation Passport awarded to help support development and access to cutting-edge medicines

first_imgFirst Innovation Passport awarded to help support development and access to cutting-edge medicines A promising treatment for a cancer-causing rare disease will be the first to pass a significant milestone under a new UK approval process designed to bring medicines more rapidly to patients.Belzutifan, a treatment developed by MSD (UK) for adults with von Hippel Lindau disease (a rare genetic disorder that causes cancer) has been awarded the first ‘Innovation Passport’ by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC).This means patients could benefit much sooner from this treatment and it will be accelerated through the approval process; the Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway (ILAP).Launched in January this year, the ILAP combines the MHRA’s globally recognised high standards of quality and safety with improved flexibility to reduce the time it takes innovative treatments to be available to NHS patients.Medicines developed through the ILAP will have more focus on patient engagement than ever before. By incorporating patient views, both on the benefits and risks of medicines in the pathway, and on how to improve patient outcomes throughout the product lifecycle, medicines can be developed to meet patient requirements more successfully.The award of this designation celebrates another first: the successful partnership between the MHRA, NICE and the SMC in making effective joint decisions and awarding Innovation Passports to products that will benefit patients.The Innovation Passport is the first step in the ILAP and is open to developers of a wide range of medicines, including medicines for rare diseases, repurposed medicines and Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products. Since launch, companies have submitted 10 applications.Innovation Passport holders, the MHRA and partners will next work together to create a product-specific Target Development Profile (TDP) for the new medicine. The TDP will define key regulatory and development features, identify potential pitfalls, offer access to specialist toolkits and create a roadmap for delivering early patient access.The TDP will also outline how the Innovation Passport holder can work together with other UK stakeholders to achieve coordinated, efficient evidence generation and evaluation, and address considerations regarding patient access.Dr June Raine CBE, Chief Executive, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, comments:We’re transforming the MHRA to make the regulator an enabler of innovation. I’m very pleased to announce the first Innovation Passport designation demonstrating that this process is well underway.Our Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway is already working to deliver new and innovative treatments to patients through strong and effective partnerships.Patients are our top priority and are involved at every stage of this process. Together, we look forward to bringing more Innovation Passport holders on board to deliver earlier access to these products, better outcomes for patients and to continue our transformation.Prof Gillian Leng CBE, Chief Executive of NICE said:I am delighted that our partnership with the MHRA and the SMC has delivered on this important milestone so quickly. Our contribution to the ILAP is one of the ways NICE is delivering tangible benefits to patients, the NHS and life sciences industry. We look forward to working with our ILAP partners and the company to explore the opportunities for efficient and timely development, regulation and access processes.Mark MacGregor, Chairman of the Scottish Medicines Consortium, said:This important milestone has helped to underscore our pivotal role in ILAP and as a key partner in ensuring patients in Scotland can benefit from the best, most clinically effective and cost-effective treatments that are available, as early as possible.David Peacock, Managing Director of MSD (UK) Ltd, said:We are excited to be the first company to receive an Innovation Passport as part of the new Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway (ILAP). We welcome the opportunity to participate in any approach that recognizes the potential value of innovative medicines and seeks to accelerate access for patients who might benefit. We look forward to continuing to play our role as an engaged partner in our efforts to improve the lives of patients in the UK and around the world.NotesInformation about the Innovative Licensing and Access PathwayVon Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is a rare genetic disorder caused by mutations in the VHL tumour suppressor gene. Patients commonly suffer from a kidney cancer called renal cell carcinoma that often spreads to other parts of the body. Approximately 1 in 33,000 people have Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK by ensuring they work and are acceptably safe. All our work is underpinned by robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits justify any risks.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (‘the agency’) has three centres. The MHRA, the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). The agency is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care.The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) is the national source of advice on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of all new medicines for NHS Scotland. As part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, the SMC aims to ensure that people in Scotland have timely access to beneficial new medicines.The Innovation Passport does not replace the Promising Innovative Medicine (PIM) Designation of the Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) and applicants can apply for both. An applicant is required to submit an Innovation Passport application for each separate medicinal product (different active substances). /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:biological, Department of Health, director, Government, health, healthcare, innovation, medical devices, medicine, outcomes, patient outcomes, regulation, Scotland, scottish, treatment, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Building strong electoral democracy in ACT

first_imgBuilding strong electoral democracy in ACT Australian GreensThe ACT Greens have proposed reforms to strengthen Canberra’s democracy, in their submission to the Inquiry into 2020 ACT Election and the Electoral Act.The party’s key recommendations include:Banning, or defining spaces for, roadside election signage,Appointing an independent fact-checker for the 2024 election, Capping electoral donations or gifts at $10,000 per financial year for all individuals, corporations or associated entities, andCreating a path to lower the voting age to 16 or 17.The recommendations are focused on improving transparency, equity and efficiency in ACT elections, by strengthening processes around participation, and taking a voter-first approach.ACT Greens spokesperson for Democracy, Andrew Braddock MLA, says implementing these recommendations would make our local democracy stronger, no matter who you vote for.“The recommendations we’ve put forward would make future elections more accessible, and ensure they are conducted in the best interests of voters, rather than donors, candidates or parties,” Mr Braddock said.“A healthy democracy is fundamental to our community’s wellbeing. Canberra’s elections need to support and empower a vocal civil society; amplifying voices from all corners of our community, including young people and those from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds, over the interests of whichever donors have the deepest pockets.“There are a number of issues in the ACT’s current electoral processes that could be addressed by capping electoral donations and resourcing an independent fact-checking body to hold parties accountable for misleading or false advertising. This is a voter-first approach, ensuring democracy is not bought, but is instead genuine and equitable.”The Greens have also recommended ways to empower young Canberrans to become more involved with the electoral process, including by allowing voluntary voting for people aged 16 or 17.ACT Greens Spokesperson for Young People Johnathan Davis says that many young people are quite engaged in politics and deserve to have a say about their future.“Why should young people who otherwise can legally work full-time, pay taxes, drive, make medical decisions about their own bodies, have sex, join the Defence forces and join a political party not have the opportunity to vote?” Mr Davis said.“Young people will inherit the effects of decisions made in government today and we should not only empower them to have a real voice, but also listen to what they are saying.”The ACT Greens submission is available at: https://www.parliament.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/1754507/Submission-023-ACT-Greens.pdf /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Act, AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, building, Canberra, community, Defence, defence force, Democracy, efficiency, election, full-time, future, Government, parliament, Society, wellbeing, younglast_img read more